What Teachers Never Taught And Writers Feared To Write: Disability in African American Children's Literature

Kapria Daniels


Some African American children's literature reflects the negative stereotypes that are ascribed to individuals with disabilities through the use of implausible, one-dimensional characters that are expected to perform acts of heroism to gain acceptance. The critical use of these and similar texts in educational curriculum is a key step in combating stereotypes about African Americans with disabilities. The impact of established academic institutions on the identity development of African American children with disabilities is discussed.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v24i1.842

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